How much radiation are we ingesting when our food is grown in areas that were previously used for nuclear testing?



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    We do not grow food in areas where nuclear tests were performed.  The United States carried out nuclear testing in Nevada and atoll islands in the South Pacific, both of which do not produce food.  However, the United States must screen foods that come from Eastern Europe and Japan (Chernobyl and Fukushima, respectively).  The typical range of radiation from food in the United States is 0.2 to 1.0 milli-sieverts (mSv) per year, depending on ones diet.  These levels are minuscule, to put this in reference, the dose limit of workers during the Fukushima disaster was 250 mSv; which was over the course of days rather than a year.

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